When I was a small boy my father got his first car. I used to sit beside him in the front. He would let me move the gear levers, and I thought: “This is great! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to sit behind the wheel… but I’ll never do it.”
And I never did. I didn’t let it get me down, and I wasn’t miserable, but it came into my mind every now and then.
Well, it actually happened a year or two ago. By this time my wife had died and I had no car. I happened to mention to a visiting Leonard Cheshire carer about wanting to drive, and he picked it up and spoke to a local instructor.
There’s an old air strip near where I live, which was used for sea planes during the war. It’s now used by young drivers to practice.
After thinking about it for 80 years, there I was – behind the wheel, with my foot on the accelerator, reaching a speed of 30 miles per hour. To a driver that doesn’t sound like anything at all, but to me… I was bursting with enthusiasm. It’s a wonder that we didn’t go head on into the loch just beside us!
So if a thing looks impossible, just keep it in the back of your mind. Sooner or later, things will fall into place and it will happen.